Freedom Pro Keyboard
I bought this keyboard for when I travel and want to instant message with my wife while in Europe or any extended period where I want type on a real keyboard that clicks. It's small, compact, easy to set up. It takes a little getting used to because of the seam in the middle...the space bar has to be broken up and some of the keys near the center are a little different sized.
Since it is really meant for Blackberries and the like and you can't install keyboard drivers on the iPad (that I can figure out anyhow - perhaps someone can help here with a jailbroken iPad), most of the shortcuts do not work. However, the function volume up and down DO work.
All in all, I like it; it's better than the software keyboard for extended use. However, it's not the end all be all. I really liked the look of the Apple Bluetooth keyboard, but it doesn't fold up. This folds up to something smaller than the footprint of say a paperback book.
EDIT: I put this on eBay actually.
I work on tech support for freedom input .
We are bringing out a new bluetooth keyboard called the i-Connex.
this will be aimed at the ipad market and the iphone when the OS4 software gets pushed.
No drivers will be required to make it run.
details are on the freedom input website :-)
Damn, maybe I will have to sell mine then. :( Is it still going to fold up?
This crap always happens...I buy the product, THEN it comes out with a new version. :( I wish you guys had an upgrade path.
yes it will fold ..
details are on freedom.com site
I will be keeping an eye on this... not for me, but for my wife.... I don't like extra crap to drag around , and have no real issues with the onboard keyboard... but my precious wife would like a keyboard to use for her extended writing sessions...... The folding part appeals to me, the Apple one is just to much to deal with..... THE IPAD IS PORTABLE, I want to keep it that way....
Okay Freedom guy.... freedom.com is some site hawking newpapers.... please post your URL and you may get some biz from hanging around here....
It's a little disconcerting the guy doesn't know the URL for his own company, but I think this should be it:
Freedom i-connex Keyboard
But correct me if I'm wrong...that's my best guess.
Originally Posted by rowan
That's it... hope you get a commission check....
hmmmm have to sleep on this a few nights.... looks pretty good.... but .....
Any chance it will be the same width as an iPad?
Originally Posted by freedom-input
If you mean the width when the iPad is in landscape (like you'd be typing with it), then you've got about 9.6 inches/243 mm for the iPad and the keyboard opened is 12.6 inches/319 mm, so...
Originally Posted by write-stuff
No, the keyboard is longer by a solid 3 inches/76 mm.
But, if you mean you want to pack them both into a carrying case of some kind, then I assume you mean the width of the shorter side of the iPad at about 7.5 inches/190 mm with the keyboard closed measuring 6.4 inches/163 mm, so...
Yes, the keyboard is shorter than the shorter side of the iPad when it's folded up.